The demand for blood is constant but the end of the year is a particularly challenging time for blood stocks. A number of member states have launched blood donation campaigns appealing to the public to give blood ahead of the holiday period.
Blood donations are used to treat patients with cancer, with anaemia, after accidents or childbirth complications, or during surgery. A blood donation truly is a special gift which can help save or improve the lives of several patients.
This annual celebration aims to create awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and to highlight the importance of blood donation. WBDD is also a day to celebrate and thank those people throughout the world who donate blood.
The global event is jointly sponsored by four core agencies: the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organisations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT).
For many years, the Council of Europe has been supporting WBDD, with the EDQM offering support to all Council of Europe member states in preparing for the celebrations. Involvement in this special occasion allows for the promotion of the three major principles in the area of blood transfusion, which are: the achievement of self-sufficiency, the protection of the health of blood donors and recipients and the non-commercialisation of substances of human origin by voluntary and non-remunerated donation.
If you are interested in getting involved or would like to find out where to give blood in your country, visit the website of your local blood donation centre or click on the contacts provided on the map below.
Take a look at last year’s campaign videos for the 10th anniversary of WBDD